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Prayut to now get AstraZeneca shot

Prayut to now get AstraZeneca shot

THAILAND: The first COVID-19 vaccine to be given to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is made by AstraZeneca, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 24 February 2021, 10:14AM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a signing ceremony to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine from producer AstraZeneca, at Government House on Nov 27. Photo: Government House.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a signing ceremony to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine from producer AstraZeneca, at Government House on Nov 27. Photo: Government House.

“It’s important that Gen Prayut take the first COVID-19 vaccine shot because he is the country’s leader. There will naturally be a risk-assessment process by the Disease Control Department, which is an internationally accepted standard procedure. But it’s not discrimination,” Mr Anutin said yesterday (Feb 23).

The minister apparently wanted to clear the confusion on the previous day, when Gen Prayut said he would take the first shot to boost confidence in the vaccine among people.

A doctor later warned the first lot of vaccine to arrive in Thailand today, the Chinese-made Sinovac, had been tested only on the age group of 18-59 and its efficacy and side effects are not known in other age groups.

Since Gen Prayut is 67, the vaccine is apparently not for him.

Mr Anutin said yesterday the doses to arrive in Thailand today were from two manufacturers - 117,000 from AstraZeneca and an unspecified number of Sinovac.

“Had there not been any drama, the vaccine would have arrived sooner,” he said.

He did not elaborate but activist Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had earlier criticised the country’s vaccine plan for being “too little, too late”. The Move Forward Party linked to Mr Thanathorn also brought up the issue during the no-confidence debate last week.

The shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine today came as a surprise since no imported doses of the vaccine had been on the plan.

“Gen Prayut will receive the vaccine with no age restrictions - AstraZeneca. The director of the National Vaccine Insitute had procured them. The date has not been set yet for the shot but the prime minister will be able to perform his duty normally after taking it,” said Mr Anutin.

He added the intervals were 14-28 days for Sinovac and six weeks for AstraZeneca. Both require a two-dose regimen.

The vaccination will take place initially at medical facilities. People will have to wait 30 minutes after taking the shots to observe symptoms.

According to the original plans, the first lot of vaccines to arrive is 200,000 doses of Sinovac today, followed by 800,000 doses in March and 1 million more in April.

The rest of the vaccine for Thais in 2021 will be AstraZeneca made locally by Siam Bioscience, available from June to August (26 million) and September to December (35 million).

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mgb | 01 March 2021 - 12:25:58

OK boys over the Top you go.  I'll be waiting for when you get back.  The people in power the world over. 

JohnC | 26 February 2021 - 09:11:14

@fascinated. This is a Thailand news site so why would I want to mention the other pieces of s**t politicians who put themselves at the top of the queue too in quite a few other countries already. They all disgust me. Happy now?

Christy Sweet | 25 February 2021 - 20:40:46

That AZ  vaccine is  not effective against the soon to be pervasive variants and what's coming out of California, the 427 & 429 variants may well render all current vaccines ineffective.   

Kurt | 25 February 2021 - 18:50:30

@Fascinated, what is your fascination with that 'poisoned' sangsom? Don't you drink quality? To answer, the link is General PM in 24 hours time changed his mind. No Chinese vaccine as he announced, but a european vaccine for himself instead. That thinking can be extended to the submarines too. Get it? :-)

Fascinated | 25 February 2021 - 14:21:38

@JohnC- no comment about the Aussie PM being first in the queue? As for Kurt what the hek do submarines have to do with this? Cut back on the Sangsom please.

Kurt | 25 February 2021 - 13:28:31

The day before we red in PN the General PM would take the Chinese vaccine. Now he turns to a European vaccine. This is saying  very much ( skip the nonsense age excuse). Perhaps non Chinese, not controlled by China, submarines too?

JohnC | 25 February 2021 - 09:34:18

He should be at the back of the queue. Thousands of people deserve the vaccine LONG before he or any other politician does. Stop caring about yourself first and think of others for a change. That is supposedly what your position is should do...


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